Monday 22 July 2019

Body of 13th victim recovered from sunken boat in Budapest

Fifteen people are still missing after a sightseeing boat sunk in the Danube a week ago.

Rescue teams (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)
Rescue teams (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

By Associated Press Reporters

Another body has been recovered from a sunken tour boat in the Danube River, Hungarian rescue officials said.

Officials said the body was found by divers in Budapest checking the wreck’s condition ahead of its possible retrieval with a floating crane.

The death toll stands at 13, with 15 people – mostly South Korean tourists – still missing.

ipanews_d69ff324-3852-4565-80c7-90f3202c131f_embedded243327623
A rescue crew on the Danube (Laszlo Balogh/AP)

Only seven people are known to have survived when the Hableany collided with a river cruise ship a week ago. It capsized and sank in about seven seconds.

Seven of the 13 victims were found in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Since Monday, three bodies have been recovered from the sunken boat or near the scene of the accident at Margit Bridge, and three were found much further south, including one recovered 82 miles downstream.

South Korean officials said divers have begun preparing the Hableany in the hope that a huge floating crane can lift it out of the river.

ipanews_d69ff324-3852-4565-80c7-90f3202c131f_embedded243334068
The floating crane (Laszlo Balogh/AP)

Song Shun-keun, military attache of South Korea’s embassy, said the hoisting procedure could begin within the next two days, adding that his country is sending more equipment to Hungary, including underwater drones, to help with search and recovery efforts.

The floating crane, able to lift 200 tons, is on its way to Budapest, but its progress has been slowed by traffic on the Danube, as well as by the river’s high water levels, which could make it difficult for the crane to pass under some of the bridges across the river.

PA Media

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News